William Pattie — Built More Homes Than Any Other Man

William Pattie — Built More Homes Than Any Other Man


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Wm. Pattee Oldest Male Citizen Carleton Place Man Has Not Only Great Civic Record, But Has Built More Houses in Carleton

The oldest male resident of Carleton Place at one time is Mr. William Pattie, who has lived all his life in the town. Mr. Pattle’s father, David Pattie, came to Carleton Place in 1833. He was a carpenter and Mr. Pattie, Sr., landed in Carleton Place the year the cholera was at its worst in Canada.

Between his arrival at Quebec and his landing at Carleton Place Mr. Pattie witnessed many harrowing incidents, but escaped contagion. Mr. William Pattie, followed his fathers trade of business and erected scores of houses still standing  and was  in the building business for 55 years.

Early in the history of the town Mr. Pattie took an interest in civic affairs and he entered the village council in 1876 as reeve, and was re-elected forty times. Thirty- seven of these elections were by acclamation, which is some record, as all will agree. Mr. Pattie was in the town council till twelve years ago, when advancing age caused him to retire. In 1893 he was mayor of the town.

Mr. Pattie tells of the time in the 1850s and 1860s when the Mississippi River used to be a great square timber river. The pine taken off the reaches of the Mississippi was of such  fine quality that Peter Maclaren, the then chief operator, could always get a considerably better price for his timber than any vendor from the Ottawa or its tributaries.

Among the lumbermen whom Mr. Pattie remembers as operating on the Mississippi river were: the MacLarens, the Whites, the Rices, the Halls, Hon. James Skead, the Cald- wells and the Homes. In one year no less than twelve firms operated.

In the early days, the Carleton Place flour mills sent a lot of flour by teams up the Ottawa river to supply the up-river shanties. Mr. Pattie said he had seen as many as twenty loaded teams leave Carleton Place at one time. Mr. William Pattie was the father of Mr. William Preston Pattie, the well known Carleton Place druggist.  William Pattie had a beautiful home facing on the river and surrounded with stately trees, all of which he planted, when he built his home.



William Pattie – 1842/1931

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1893 – Building Contractor and “Oldest Surviving Son of Carleton Place”.

According to the Almonte Gazette in 1914 the Lanark County Council appointed members William Pattie of Carleton Place and Christopher Forbes of Snow Road to prepare a history of the district from its dawn to the then present date, says the Carleton Place Central Canadian. 

Fired with ambition to surpass all previous diggers into ancient records they gathered together several store houses of material for working into saleable goods but the war de-vitalized their energies and the project fell like the German fiscal system into a state of bankruptcy.

When questioned, Mr. Pattie refused to comment upon the matter, but instead stated that the town of Carleton Place had donated $10,000 that year for the use of good roads and as yet had received nothing for it in their town and wanted to know if it was fair.

In Lanark County, contracts for erecting drill halls were let early in 1866 at Carleton Place and Almonte.  Construction of the Carleton Place armoury was aided by the promise of a £50 grant by the municipality.

It was built by William Pattie on the Beckwith Street site of the recently demolished skating rink bordering the park which then was the village market square. During the 1880’s the hardwood floor of the Carleton Place drill hall on Beckwith was flooded for a curling surface. .

In 1909 a roller skating rink with a new skating floor was re-opened at the militia drill hall on the market square. Supported by its hand hewn beams, it remained a useful memorial of the perils of the 1860’s until destroyed. Tragically that year the curling rink, the militia drill shed all burned during the Great Fire of Carleton Place.




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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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